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39th meeting of the Air Navigation Service Board

4 October 2021: ERA attended the 39th meeting of EUROCONTROL’s Air Navigation Service Board on 23 September.  The ANSB is an industry-led consultative board established by the EUROCONTROL Provisional Council. Its remit is both to fulfil the stakeholders’ consultation requirements and to increase the involvement of air navigation stakeholders in the preparation of decisions and aligning the Agency’s business planning and budgetary processes, while respecting the decision-making responsibilities of the Member States.

The 39th meeting of the ANSB was held on 23 September, chaired by Martin Rolfe, CEO of NATS. Following the chair’s opening remarks and approval of the agenda, EUROCONTROL’s Director General, Eamonn Brennan, gave the board a comprehensive update covering several areas including a detailed traffic review, near term financial impacts, sustainability, and innovation activities. 

As previously communicated, a significant spike in ATC charges is foreseen in 2022. Although still to be formally approved, early indications are that airspace users can expect an average increase of approximately 40 per cent for EU (SES) States, and approximately 10 per cent for non-EU States. This, coupled with the shortfall in ANSP revenues in 2020 and 2021 which will need to be paid back over a period of 5-7 years starting from 2023 will put significant additional pressure on airlines.

The final rates for 2022 will be agreed at the Enlarged Committee for Route Charges which will take place on 22-23 November. The financing of the system remains an area of considerable concern for ERA, and we are fully supportive of looking at alternative ways of mitigating the risk of further financial burdens that will hemorrhage the recovery of the sector.

The board noted the draft Agency Work Programme and draft budget and cost base for the Agency 2022-2026 (already endorsed by the Provisional Council) as well as the preliminary financial impacts arising from the Deloitte recommendations, and recognized the excellent work carried out the ANSB Working Group.

To access the presentations and papers from the meeting, please see the downloads tab at the top right of this page. Note all documents are locked for members only.

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17 February 2021: EUROCONTROL’s activities have remained unchanged for many years, whilst the ecosystem surrounding the Agency has evolved over time and continues to do so.

The rise of new technologies, the COVID-19 crisis, the Single European Sky, the increased public focus on sustainability, etc all have a significant bearing on how the Agency operates.  

For that reason, the EUROCONTROL Director General commissioned an external fundamental review of the Agency’s business activities, in order to be able to develop a fit-for-purpose Strategic Plan 2021-2030.

Over 120 stakeholder interviews were conducted in order to capture their views and concerns. These stakeholders included institutional partners, EUROCONTROL key experts, Air Navigation Service Providers, National Supervisory Authorities, airspace users, airports, and industry associations.

The stakeholders were represented at senior/executive level; in many cases, CEOs, DGs, (including Montserrat Barriga, ERA Director General) and Executive Directors were interviewed.

On 17 February, the Air Navigation Service Board (ANSB) and its Working Group held an Information Session where the findings, recommendations and proposed implementation plan was presented by Deloitte and EUROCONTROL.

Whilst there was clear support for the role EUROCONTROL plays with respect to Network Management, collection of charges and data services, several areas of weakness have been identified and further work will now be undertaken by the Agency alongside the Member States to identify which recommendations can be implemented and in what time frame. It is obvious that some of these findings are going to struggle to find a consensus of support, therefore some difficult discussions are likely in the months ahead.

Members can read the full report here.

ERA will keep members appraised of developments as this important workstream gathers momentum over the course of the next few months.